What exactly is a slope? What's the difference between a tile and a plate? Why is it bad to simply stack bricks in columns to make a wall? The Unofficial LEGO® Builder's Guide is here to answer your questions.
Focusing on building actual models with real bricks, The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide comes with complete instructions to build several cool models but also encourages you to use your imagination to create your own fantastic creations.
Inside, you'll learn:
The Unofficial LEGO Builder's Guide also includes the Brickopedia, a visual guide to nearly 300 of the most useful and reusable elements of the LEGO system, with historical notes, common uses, part numbers, and the year each piece first appeared in a LEGO set.
The firm foundation for your LEGO hobby starts here!
About the Author
Allan Bedford is a lifelong LEGO fan and builder whose most ambitious model to date is a 5,000 piece replica of Toronto's famed CN Tower. He is active in the online LEGO community, having contributed ideas and discussions for several years.
Bedford works as a business analyst by day and spends his spare time cycling, designing board games and, of course, building with LEGO bricks.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: The LEGO System: Endless Possibilities
Appendix A: Brickopedia
"ULBG is a clearly written and informative resource, an essential for any aspiring brickmeister whether adult or kid. By not intimidating casual builders, this resource empowers these readers to take the next level on their own."
"We were so pumped by The Unofficial Lego Builder's Guide . . . All aspects of Lego building are covered, using principles found in other walks of life — which is actually a good way to solve any problem."
Interview with Allan Bedford on Canadian TV network
"A must-have book . . . once your kids have devoured this book, they will be clamoring for more Lego bricks. Future engineers, architects, artists, and designers will have a field day with the possibilities this book presents."
"This re-awakened how much I loved LEGOs as a child and how I don't want to lose that aspect of my inner child . . . This book will be excellent in assisting anyone who is interested in enjoying the most brilliant toy in the world."
"A nice introduction to the LEGO world . . . this book should be useful for many years to come."
Podcast with Allan Bedford
Q&A with Allan Bedford
"This guide is full of the techniques that will help you and your kids build those and just about anything else."
Podcast interview with Allan Bedford
Interview with Allan Bedford on Internet TV show (starts about 13:30
5/5 Stars: “would recommend this book to almost anyone… I must warn you
“We purchased a copy sight unseen a few weeks ago and were very impressed, so thought it especially serendipitous when we got the opportunity to speak to Mr. Bedford.”
"A meticulously detailed how-to manual for plastic brick architecture."
"This sweet and extremely practical guide will delight any person of any age who, upon spying a few errant Lego pieces, finds themselves clicking them together almost without thinking."
"No, Lego does not have much to do with advanced computing systems, but I think it’s cool, and I’m betting a fair number of you do, too. This book is cool."
"I've often read that building a scale model using LEGOs is difficult, but I've found a very useful book that would help me along the way."
"Going beyond simply supplying instructions for building particular models, this useful guide provides information, tips, and techniques that empower readers to make their own fantastic creations."
"A great gift item for anybody interested in learning how to design and put together solid and interesting LEGO models."
"This is the single best reference I've read to understanding how to create successful and sturdy and most of all cool Lego models."
"Podcast includes book review: "I can't talk highly enough about this book... An awesome reference. If you're an AFOL (Adult fan of LEGO) and you don't have this book or if you're a child who loves to build and you don't have this book, go out and buy it."
"I love this book... All written and presented in a tone genuine in its generosity and warmth for plastic components and the varying degrees of creativity gifted to us all through them."
"While there have been project books written over the years which detail a couple of finished models, Bedford’s book is like an encyclopedia of LEGO and possible models to be built."
"The book's light tone is inviting to young hobbyists and the young at heart."
"AFOLs will want to add the book to their collections, and non-AFOLs and families will benefit greatly from the book, as it will allow them to move to the next level."
"All of this information is organized in easy-to-follow chunks, with accurate illustrations, and straightforward and understandable writing."
"If you like building with Lego bricks, this is the book for you."
"The author has done a good job of mixing the levels of information to allow the book to reach to a broad audience."
"If you're a fresh-minted AFOL with no previous Lego experience, or a precocious youngster wishing to absorb some formalized knowledge of the system, Lego Builder's Guide fills in the gap."
"It's a terrific book, and I honestly think it'll be one of the most successful AFOL books to date."
Podcast interview with author Allan Bedford posted